bam

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See also: Bam, BAM, bầm, bấm, -bam, and ват

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bæm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1[edit]

Imitative.

Interjection[edit]

bam

  1. Representing a loud noise or heavy impact.
    The wind knocked the tree over last night. Bam! It nearly scared me to death.
  2. Representing a sudden or abrupt occurrence.
    She said she dumped him. Now — bam! — they're back together.
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

bam (plural bams)

  1. (Scotland, slang) A ned; a bampot.

Etymology 3[edit]

Perhaps from bamboozle.

Noun[edit]

bam (plural bams)

  1. (slang, archaic) An imposition; a cheat; a hoax.
    • 1844, John Wilson, Essay on the Genius, and Character of Burns
      To relieve the tedium he kept plying them with all manner of bams.

Verb[edit]

bam (third-person singular simple present bams, present participle bamming, simple past and past participle bammed)

  1. (slang, archaic) To impose on (someone) by a falsehood; to cheat.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Foote to this entry?)
    • 1747, David Garrick, Miss in Her Teens: or the Medley of Lovers, Act II, in The Plays of David Garrick: A Complete Collection of the Social Satires, French Adaptations, Pantomimes, Christmas and Musical Plays, Preludes, Interludes, and Burlesques, ed. Harry William Pedicord and Fredrick Louis Bergmann, vol. 1 (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1980), 93
      I’ll break a lamp, bully a constable, bam a justice, or bilk a boxkeeper with any man in the liberties of Westminster.
  2. (slang, archaic) To jeer or make fun of.

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

bam (plural bams)

  1. Abbreviation of bare-arse minimum. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Anagrams[edit]


Old Frisian[edit]

Ēn bām.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • baem (Late Old Frisian)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *baum, from Proto-Germanic *baumaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow). Cognates include Old English bēam, Old Saxon bōm and Old Dutch bōm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bām m

  1. tree
  2. bench
  3. seat

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • North Frisian:
    Most dialects: buum
    Heligoland: Booam
    Sylt: Boom
  • Saterland Frisian: Boom
  • West Frisian: beam

References[edit]

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN

Old Saxon[edit]

Noun[edit]

bām m

  1. Alternative form of bom

Pnar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Khasian *baːm (to eat), from Proto-Mon-Khmer *ɓaam (to chew). Cognate with Khasi bam, Blang [La Gang] pá̤m, Ngeq baːm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bam

  1. to eat

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

bam (nominative plural bams)

  1. bench
  2. seat

Declension[edit]